Chef Sam Huff opened Sam’s BBQ-1 in 2004 to support his longtime hobby of entering barbecue competitions while using only handmade sauces and rubs and cooking techniques that aimed for the best quality possible. The Marietta, Georgia, restaurant became an overnight sensation after a glowing review appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Huff happily became a full-time owner-operator a few years later.
More accolades followed. Southern Living named Sam’s as a “best rib-sticking joint” in the Atlanta area. Atlanta magazine awarded Sam’s as one of the top 50 restaurants and top BBQ in Atlanta. CBS Atlanta also recognized BBQ-1 as the “best barbecue in Atlanta,” and Zagat gave Sam’s their highest food-quality rating of any barbecue restaurant in Georgia.